Prescription drug abuse a concern among Ohio pharmacists - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Prescription drug abuse a concern among Ohio pharmacists

Posted: Updated:

NILES, Ohio - According to the Ohio Department of Health, every five hours an Ohioan dies from an accidental drug overdose. Nearly half of those deaths involve prescription pain medicine.

The misuse of the medication was a main topic among members of the Eastern Ohio Pharmacists Association. The group that consists of a couple hundred pharmacists from six Ohio counties gathered Tuesday evening at McMenamy's Restaurant and Banquet Center.

"A lot of times it's within a persons make up that they don't even realize," said EOPA President Paul Witkowski. "I think many times it happens totally unexpectedly that a person now becomes dependent upon a prescription medication that they never really had that thought or had a tendency before hand."

Mahoning County Drug Court Judge John Durkin was a guest speaker at the event. He says 15 years ago the most commonly abused drugs were cocaine or marijuana but today prescription medication is readily available.

"Too many people are getting access, whether from medicine cabinets or physicians who are over prescribing prescription pain pills that people end up addicted to them," said Durkin.

As the trend in addiction changes, so does the road to recovery.

While efforts can be made to reduce the availability of prescription drugs, Durkin warns addicts may then turn to street drugs.

"If we're eliminating the prescription pain pills it's probably too late for them," said Durkin. "Because they are already addicted and they're resorting to street drugs like heroin."

Durkin explains a fairly new trend of treatment for prescription drug abuse works to wean addicts from their addiction using both traditional recovery methods as well as some medication.

Many pharmacists believe they can play a key role in helping to combat the abuse.

"We're the ones to take care of the drugs, to protect the drug supply, to make sure they are safe, that they are effective and going to the people that need them," said Witkowski. "If a person is coming into a store from 50 miles away to fill a prescription that's a red flag."

But many agree the best solution to the epidemic is education and awareness.

"Our drug court is going out to schools, even middle schools to attempt to educate students even at the 7th and 8th grade level," said Durkin. "As well as parents and grandparents, to address the next generation."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Warren man involved in deadly biker gang fight pleads guilty

    Warren man involved in deadly biker gang fight pleads guilty

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-06-20 19:49:51 GMT

    James Gardner pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault, both with gun charges, obstruction of justice and falsification in court on June 20. 

    More >>

    James Gardner pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault, both with gun charges, obstruction of justice and falsification in court on June 20. 

    More >>
  • Cortland to add tax to maintain roads

    Cortland to add tax to maintain roads

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 3:47 PM EDT2017-06-20 19:47:05 GMT

    Cortland city council passed an ordinance on June 19 that will add a $5 tax to license plates. 

    More >>

    Cortland city council passed an ordinance on June 19 that will add a $5 tax to license plates. 

    More >>
  • Mercer County man charged with terroristic threats, strangulation

    Mercer County man charged with terroristic threats, strangulation

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 1:08 PM EDT2017-06-21 17:08:11 GMT

    A Mercer County man is facing charges after allegedly strangling a woman on June 12 in Fairview Twp. 

    More >>

    A Mercer County man is facing charges after allegedly strangling a woman on June 12 in Fairview Twp. 

    More >>
  • Sports ScoresMore>>

  • Scrappers beat Auburn in extra innings

    Scrappers beat Auburn in extra innings

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-06-23 04:04:07 GMT

    The Scrappers won for the first time at Eastwood Field this season 5-4 in 10 innings against Auburn.  Jonathan Laureno's walk off RBI double scored Oscar Gonzalez to send everyone home happy.   Auburn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with the first four batters reaching base. Paul Panaccione and Randy Encarnacion drove in the Doubledays runs. The Scrappers evened the scored in the bottom of the inning, Samad Taylor scored on a wild pitch, and Will Benso...

    More >>

    The Scrappers won for the first time at Eastwood Field this season 5-4 in 10 innings against Auburn.  Jonathan Laureno's walk off RBI double scored Oscar Gonzalez to send everyone home happy.   Auburn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with the first four batters reaching base. Paul Panaccione and Randy Encarnacion drove in the Doubledays runs. The Scrappers evened the scored in the bottom of the inning, Samad Taylor scored on a wild pitch, and Will Benso...

    More >>
  • Moldovan defends title at Mill Creek

    Moldovan defends title at Mill Creek

    Thursday, June 22 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-06-23 03:47:54 GMT
    Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio defended his title at the Mill Creek Foundation Junior All Star tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. Moldovan shot a 68 for a three day total of 203, finishing three strokes ahead of Aaron Du of Lake Mary, Florida. Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, Ontario captured the girls division at 205, after shooting 67 on the final day.   Manhue Chen of China placed second, six strokes back. Brookfield's Connor Stevens finished tied...More >>
    Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio defended his title at the Mill Creek Foundation Junior All Star tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. Moldovan shot a 68 for a three day total of 203, finishing three strokes ahead of Aaron Du of Lake Mary, Florida. Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, Ontario captured the girls division at 205, after shooting 67 on the final day.   Manhue Chen of China placed second, six strokes back. Brookfield's Connor Stevens finished tied...More >>
  • Late rally not enough as Scrappers drop home opener

    Late rally not enough as Scrappers drop home opener

    Thursday, June 22 2017 11:39 PM EDT2017-06-23 03:39:50 GMT

    For the second straight night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers jumped out to a second-inning lead.  

    More >>

    For the second straight night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers jumped out to a second-inning lead.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms